Great news for fans of the Mongoose brand, we've received word that for 2013 the top tier offerings from the marque are to the available to the United States market once more. If this news doesn't make a whole lot of sense to you, allow us to briefly recap.

The name Mongoose has been split since 2001- low cost mass-market bicycles built and distributed by Pacific Cycles that could be found at department and sporting goods stores and higher-end models distributed through specialty bicycle shops. For 2012, the high-end stuff was yanked from the US market (much to our disappointment).

The good news is it's back and better than ever. With these tough economic conditions, we're glad to hear that top tier offerings aren't synonymous with unobtainable pricing. Take for example two of their 2013 hardtails:

Tyax Trail

The Mongoose Tyax Comp features a trail light aluminum frame equipped with a 27-speed Shimano Acera / SR Suntour XCR drivetrain and Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes. The Comp also features a SR Suntour XCM V3 suspension fork with 100mm of travel and hydraulic lockout. Kenda Small Block 8 rubber rounds out the rock solid XC package.

Frame: Mongoose XC Aluminum Hardtail

Fork: SR Suntour XCM V3 HLO w/100mm Travel, Hydraulic Lockout

Crank: SR Suntour NCX Alloy, 44/32/22t

Front/Rear Hub: Alloy QR Disc 32 Hole

Tires: Kenda Small Block Eight 26 X 2.1

MSRP: $599.99

www.mongoose.com/usa/tyax-comp-19838

Switchback Expert

An agile and responsive ride, the Mongoose Switchback has a rigid aluminum frame equipped with an SR Suntour suspension fork with lockout to smooth out the bumps and increase control. A set of Promax disc brakes help the Expert package stand out from the rest of the Switchbacks.

Frame: Mongoose MTB Aluminum Hardtail

Fork: SR Suntour M3010 w/ 63mm Travel, Lockout

Crank: SR Suntour XCC Alloy, 42/34/24t

Front/Rear Hub: Alloy QR Disc 32 Hole

Tires: Innova MTB, 26x20

MSRP: $449.99

www.mongoose.com/usa/switchback-expert-19880

Full review of the Tyax coming soon! Stay tuned.